Connected Data's Transporter launches in Europe

Connected Data's Transporter launches in Europe

Summary: Storage startup launches an updated version of its hybrid NAS/private cloud solution.


Geoff Barrall, the founder of both Data Robotics (of Drobo fame) and BlueArc, has added another storage-based startup to his CV: Connected Data, whose product is Transporter, an intriguing cross between a NAS box and, when linked to others of its ilk, a private cloud storage solution. Version 1.0 of Transporter was launched to some acclaim in the US earlier this year: now it has arrived in Europe with a number of second-generation improvements.

The Transporter device is a distinctive 2.5in. SATA drive enclosure with Gigabit Ethernet and USB 2.0 connectivity. Multiple Transporters can form the basis of a private cloud storage solution. (Photos: Connected Data)

The distinctive Transporter appliance houses a 2.5in. SATA hard drive (up to 2TB in capacity) and connects to your network via a Gigabit Ethernet port. A USB 2.0 port is also available, to accommodate a Wi-Fi adapter if necessary. Apart from status lights and a power input, that's it on the hardware front. The software is available for Mac OS X (10.7 Lion or above), Windows (7 SP1 or above), iOS and now Android.

Connected Data has modelled the software experience on cloud storage services like Dropbox: once you've created an account with the company to authorise your Transporter, and installed the software, you can sync and share folders in much the same way as with the cloud service. The key difference is that all data is stored locally on the Transporter devices rather than in the cloud. If you've shared folders with friends or colleagues, file changes are replicated to their Transporters in a peer-to-peer fashion over encrypted links.

The Transporter software is available for Mac OS X and Windows, as well as iOS and Android. (Image: Connected Data)

The advantages of the Transporter solution, according to Connected Data, are data privacy, the lack of monthly fees (Transporter is a one-time purchase) and its combination of file syncing, sharing and backup functionality.

Improvements in the second-generation Transporter include: full drag-and-drop support, right-click functions and file link sharing; flexible sync options; new iOS and Android apps; and improved firewall traversal capabilities.

Connected Data sells the second-generation Transporter at an SRP of £179 (inc VAT) for the bare enclosure, £249 with a 1TB drive and £325 with a 2TB drive. It will be available in June. Look out for a full review of the device on ZDNet in the coming weeks.

Topics: Storage, Cloud, Networking, Reviews, EU


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  • Excellent news.

    For refusing to encrypt their clients data, thereby leaving it open to cloud service provider employees and data mining, cloud service providers deserve to have a portion of their home and SMB customers leave and move to a solution such as the Transporter which can guarantee full synchronization, fault tolerance, full encryption of stored data, full encryption of data in transit via SSL, and still leave the creator in full control of their intellectual property.

    Good to see small companies succeed and rightfully take a portion of large cloud services business away from them due to their blatant refusal to provide encrypted storage of your data, and ensure that you do not surrender ANY intellectual property rights concerning distribution or replication of your creative works.

    Who knows, now that Drobo and Connected Data technologies are converging, this may even become an attractive solution for larger enterprises and private cloud.
    • Correction.

      Further research indicates that the Transporter does NOT encrypt the data on the installed drive itself, but only in transit. The is not really different to other cloud services that also employ SSL encryption for data in transit, bit

      I'm highly disappointed with the somewhat questionable marketing tactics used, whereby Connected Data repeatedly describes the data on the device as being "completely private". This simply is not the case, because one of the main features of the Transporter is data duplication and distribution as a means for backing up the data. If the Transporter is physically accessible and not locked in a vault or other secure location, all data on the device is accessible.

      Disappointing, verging on dishonest.